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UPDATED: Los Alamos County, N.M. couple denied marriage license win in court

(Editor's note: Since this story was published today, a state district judge upheld a decision that ordered Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who want to marry. Stover complied later today, issue a license to Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau, who had sued for the right to marry.)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover refused Tuesday to comply with a judge’s order to issue a marriage license to a lesbian couple, at least temporarily denying the gay marriage movement in New Mexico another victory.

Ahead of national election, Australia’s PM uses Bible to rebuke anti-gay pastor | VIDEO

CANBERRA, Australia – Taking a page from U.S. President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is defending his support for marriage equality as his election campaign winds down.

With the national election set for Saturday, Sept. 7, Rudd came under fire from an anti-gay pastor during a Q&A session televised across Australia. Rudd endorsed marriage equality in May. The PM, representing the Labor party, calmly but passionately reaffirmed his belief that same-gender marriage is the right thing to do for Australia, where public polling shows increasing support for equality.

Marriage equality battle widens in Ohio

CINCINNATI – The legal fight for marriage rights in Ohio expanded today with another plaintiff seeking to have his wedding recognized by the state.

David Brian Michener of Cincinnati, whose husband died of natural causes a week ago, today asked a federal judge to order the death certificate for William Herbert Ives to accurately reflect that the two men were legally married. Ohio’s constitution bans same-gender marriage, but marriage-rights supporters are trying to reverse the law.

In Minnesota, gay couples comprise one-third of marriage licenses

One in three marriage licenses issued in August were for gay couples, according to Brian Bakst and Patrick Condon of the Associated Press. They write:

“Since Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, at least 1,640 same-sex couples applied to be married. Counties aren't required to report such data to the state, so the AP built a database through calls to all 87 counties.

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Mary Cheney says sister is "dead wrong" on same-gender marriage | VIDEO

Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and sister of Wyoming GOP Senate candidate Liz Cheney, said her sister was "dead wrong" in her statements about same-sex marriage last week.

"For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage," Mary Cheney wrote in a private Facebook post Friday night, according to The New York Times.

Mary Cheney married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, last year in Washington, D.C., which legalized same-sex marriage in 2009. The couple have two children together - a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Sarah.

Ginsburg becomes first Supreme Court justice to marry same-gender couple

WASHINGTON -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided at a same-sex wedding Saturday evening at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The wedding was between Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, who is a longtime friend of hers, and John Roberts, a government economist.

Kaiser told The Associated Press he asked Ginsburg to officiate.

In New Mexico, County Clerks join lawsuit with hope of getting final ruling on marriage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- County clerks across the state attached themselves to a lawsuit on Thursday that lead to same-gender marriages in some counties across the state.

The goal is to generate an appeal of the district court decision to the New Mexico Supreme Court, where the county clerks hopes to get a final ruling on same-gender marriage that will apply statewide.

All legal same-gender marriages will be recognized for federal tax purposes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today announced a ruling that will ensure all legally-married same-sex couples, regardless of where they live, will be recognized for federal tax purposes.

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibited the federal government from recognizing the legal marriages of same-sex couples.

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Do you remember that time before marriage equality was ever a remote possibility? A time when it was a given fact that LGBT people would be alone, or create relationships that had no support from broader society? It's not that long ago, but we've come a long way since then.

Straight couple shows support for marriage equality

(This post originally appeared HERE on the HRC Blog.)